South Asian in Portugal


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Introduction / History

Not many South Asian people are living in Portugal. Those looking for work or refugees seem to be coming in large numbers to this country. There were South Asians in the former Portuguese colonies of Goa as well as Daman and Diu and also some in Mozambique. After independence, many South Asians who were Portuguese citizens came to live in Portugal.

In addition to Lisbon, they live in Porto, the Algarve, Coimbra, Leiria and Guarda. Some are Punjabis.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the South Asians now live in the poor regions of Lisbon and are in low paid work.

These Hindus have religious festivals and institutions. A Hindu organization called the Hindu Community of Portugal came into being in 1982. There is a Hindu temple in Lisbon called Templo Hindu.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Indians from Goa are largely Catholics. The Hindus are mainly from Mozambique. When Mozambique became independent, four to five thousand Hindus, mainly Gujaratis, left as they were worried about being persecuted.

Most of the South Asians in Portugal practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights/Navratri, the celebration of autumn/and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower the South Asian Hindu people to open their eyes and see Jesus.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the South Asian Hindu people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior. Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches. Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that result in thousands of new disciples who share their faith with others. Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, general in Portugal.


References

www.urmila.de/english/europeindex.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indians_in_Portugal


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General South Asian, general
People Name in Country South Asian, general
Natural Name South Asian
Pronunciation AY-zhun
Population this Country 80,000
Population all Countries 12,066,000
Total Countries 59
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names
People ID 19211
ROP3 Code 115527
Country Portugal
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Portugal
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Portuguese Sinhala Urdu
Primary Language Hindi
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Portuguese
  Sinhala
  Urdu
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
65.00 %
Islam
30.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
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